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Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, and Stephen E.G. Lea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.001.0001

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Where do concepts come from?

Where do concepts come from?

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Where do concepts come from?
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The Making of Human Concepts
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Denis Mareschal

Paul C. Quinn

Stephen E. G. Lea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.003.01

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which addresses the question of where adult human concepts come from. This question clearly has two dimensions. One side of the question is to ask what the evolutionary antecedents of human concepts are. The other side is to ask how adult concepts emerge during child development. These two interrelated questions are held together by the same debates in the comparative and developmental literature. Moreover, investigators often face the same or similar difficulties in trying to assess the concepts available to other species and young humans because of the research participants' lack of verbal ability. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   adult human concepts, child development, comparative literature, developmental literature

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